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Burak Bekdil is an Ankara-based columnist. He regularly writes for the Gatestone Institute and Defense News, and is a fellow at the Middle East Forum.

ARTICLES BY: Burak Bekdil

September 1, 2021 11:36 am

How Turkey’s Erdogan Fuels Corruption and Abuse

Ethem Sancak is a Turkish businessman with an empire of media companies. Sancak, a former Maoist, once declared that he was in spiritual love with...

August 2, 2021 11:36 am

Turkey’s Erdogan Uses War to Deflect His Domestic Failures

The article “Give War a Chance: Arab Leaders Finesse Military Defeat,” by Daniel Pipes, president of the Middle East Forum, and published in the Summer...

July 5, 2021 11:19 am

How Turkey Bypasses Western Arms Embargoes

In a landmark $1.5 billion deal in 2018, Turkey agreed to sell 30 of its T129 attack helicopters (allegedly indigenous but in fact produced under an...

June 22, 2021 10:48 am

Turkey’s Erdogan Could Be in Serious Trouble

The Turkish Islamists’ first experience of long-term governance, now in its 19th year, has turned the country into a caricature. With annual inflation and interest rates...

June 18, 2021 11:49 am

Turkey’s Problems Grow in the Eastern Mediterranean

Yet another Turkish diplomatic embarrassment has been caused by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s self-aggrandizement. Turkey’s neo-Ottoman strongman would topple Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and replace him...

June 10, 2021 12:09 pm

Biden’s Use of the G-Word Furthers Turkey’s Isolation

The American presidential tradition of commemorating the beginning of the forced exile of millions of Ottoman Armenians occurs on April 24, and it customarily tests...

June 8, 2021 12:36 pm

The West’s Nauseating ‘Post-Truth’ Over the Gaza War

It is not just Turkey’s Islamist strongman, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who censors people. With big media brands in the “cradle of democracy” enthusiastically supporting...

May 31, 2021 11:54 am

Turkey: How Not to Handle a Pandemic

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic a year ago, the nations of the world have fought a near-existential war against the plague of the...

April 21, 2021 11:46 am

The Stunted Growth of the Emerging Islamic Bloc

There are strong historic, ethnic, and religious ties linking three geostrategically located Muslim countries under the umbrella of an emerging strategic alliance, with the potential...

April 1, 2021 1:04 pm

Jihadis Are Becoming Turkey’s Permanent Proxy Force

An assortment of jihadi groups holed up in northern Syria under Turkey’s protection are becoming the permanent proxy force of the new Ottomans. This looks like...

March 14, 2021 7:03 am

Turkey, the Kurds, and the ‘Gara Affair’: How Not to Rescue Hostages

The “Gara Affair” will be recalled by both Turks and Kurds as a dark moment in their histories. It entailed a disastrous rescue operation meant...

February 8, 2021 1:20 pm

Islamism Is Stunting Turkish Academic Achievement

Turkey, with a population of 83 million and two Nobel Prizes won, ranks 62nd on the list of countries by Nobel laureates per capita. This...

January 31, 2021 3:25 am

Turkey’s Democracy Is Wasting Away

Turkey’s Islamist leader, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has not lost a single election, be it presidential, parliamentary, municipal, or referendum, since he came to power...

January 25, 2021 5:23 am

Will the Turkish Air Force and Erdogan Turn to Russia?

NATO’s second-biggest army had a deterrent air force both during and after the Cold War. In 2020, the Turkish Air Force (TuAF) was the world’s...


Portugal Opens Inquiry Into Roman Abramovich’s Citizenship

The Portuguese authority responsible for nationality matters has opened an internal inquiry into the granting of citizenship to billionaire Chelsea...


Fourth Pfizer Vaccine Shot Not Enough to Stop Omicron Infection, Israeli St...

A fourth dose of the COVID-19 vaccine increases the number of neutralizing antibodies, but the boost is probably not enough...

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Turkey’s Halkbank Shares Jump After US Prosecution Put on Hold

Turkey's Halkbank shares climbed more than 8% on Monday after a US appeals court put its prosecution by the federal government, for allegedly helping Iran evade American sanctions, on hold...

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